A Good Day??

I think today was a pretty good day despite the fact we decided to attend the new 8:00 service this morning. We’ve been going to the 11:30 service from the beginning, but now that we’ve outgrown our parking lot and building and need to spread out the attendance, the church has added a fourth service – 8:00. A couple weeks ago they asked for volunteers and Todd made me write on the attendance card that we would go to the 8:00 service until the new building is finished in April. APRIL! 8:00! A!M!

In case you’re new to the party, I do not do mornings very well. So I consider this a sacrifice for Jesus because that’s how I roll.

A nice little surprise was seeing my friend, Beans, at the same service. She came and sat with us so that was good.

Today’s message was the first in a series called Everything I Learned About Life I Learned From The Beatles. That went a long way in assuaging my gripey, too-early, caffeine-deprived self because I love me some Beatles. Today’s song was Help!, one of my favorites. Brian Jones, the pastor, transitioned nicely from the rock song to Psalm 121.

I lift my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber;

indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Another score! This is one of my favorite passages of scripture. I was challenged to memorize it several years ago in a women’s bible study, only to cling to it and make it my anthem, if you will, when I was diagnosed. Funny thing is I just commented this very thing on our women’s blog about prayers and such yesterday.

One more bonus about going to the 8:00 service is that we were home about the time we usually start getting ready for church. Sunday mornings have been slow and lazy, but I actually like having a longer day. Especially when it’s rainy like today. Even if it does mean I have to get up earlier than I think is appropriate on God’s day of rest.

I’ve also had some moments today I don’t necessarily enjoy. I’m working on two separate writing projects, both dealing with cancer, and it makes me go places I’d rather forget about. But I know I have to – not just for the writing, but because ignoring the still raw spots don’t make them go away. And I keep thinking I’m past the hurt, but obviously I’m not. Oh, it’s very true that time heals old wounds, but the scars never completely fade.

But this stirring of emotions wasn’t enough to ruin my day. Strangely, I think it added to the goodness. Because even though these memories remind me of sad and sometimes terrible things, they also remind me that my help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. The whole time I was in the bad and scary place he watched over me, never sleeping even a second. And it just doesn’t get any gooder than that.


  1. Dev on September 28, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Yes, it was a good day. I would prefer the later service, but like you side, there are bonuses to going to the earlier service.I wish I lived closer so I could go to your church. You always get the coolest sermons.I had to laugh when I read about the Beatles connection. I read a book not too long ago called Earthly Pleasures by Karen Neches. It takes place in Heaven and they teach that the five greatest philosophies can be learned through five Beatle songs.

  2. beans on September 28, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    It sure was early . . but sitting next to good friends made it worth it!! Though I have to say, your hubby was a bit unruly ;)Just kidding!I was wondering how he was gonna make the beatles fit into a sermon, and I think he did a good job. Today I really felt for the first time in a long time that I needed to start being more consistent with god . . .thanks for the reminders of how good it can feel!

  3. Cheryl on September 28, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Jen,Your church sounds like such a great place. What a wonderful message. I sometimes sleep in, but am glad I catch the second service. We can podcast them now too!How brave of you to write about cancer. It must be so difficult to go back to that place, I hope on some level it is healing too.I deleted A Life of Triggers. Long story, basically kind of stalkerish. I hope to be back in Blogland soon, using my first name, Eileen is my middle. Will keep up with your blog, wouldn’t want to miss it.Take care,XXXXX

  4. Cheryl on September 28, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    OK, Jen, I think I have found my new “home.” Hope this link works for you.XXXXX

  5. SweetAnnee on September 29, 2008 at 4:00 am

    Oh jenster..I love the early service..and it is nice to do breakfast AFTER!!just sleep in the days you can.I love me some Beatles too!!!fondly Deena

  6. radioactive girl on September 29, 2008 at 11:08 am

    I agree that I am not good with mornings at all, but I like having the longer day so much that I continue to get up super early to make it happen.

  7. Suzanne on September 29, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Now I’m going to have the song “Help” stuck in my head… :)I have always wished I were a morning person, but I’m not either.

  8. Lynilu on September 29, 2008 at 11:37 am

    We used to go to the early service, and although I would loved to sleep in, I liked what you mention ….. lots more of Sunday to enjoy. And doesn’t it start your day out perfectly??Jen, I’ve been writing my life memories over several years. Actually I’m about finished except for rewrites. My own life-pains are very different from yours, but I understand the process and know it is a difficult one. Anyway, as I have written about the tough times, it has been very helpful to me in the letting-go-and-getting-over process. The stirring of emotion you mention is often painful, yet it is necessary in the process of owning the experience, to stop the avoiding. I’m putting it all (my project) on hold for a while, and then I hope my return will enable me to finish it out and put it to rest until the kids want to read it.I’m glad for your emotional balance, that you are doing the writing, but I empathize and send you my warmest thoughts. 🙂

  9. The Daily Bee on September 29, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    8AM? I wouldn’t be able to do it, but the benefits of having the rest of the day free would almost get me to change my mind. We have service at 6PM, I have to be there at 4:45PM and we end between 9PM and 10PM. Long long long. Monday mornings are difficult. We are changing our schedule once our church moves to Irvine, we’ll start at 11AM. Not sure if I like it in the middle…What a great reminder that our Helper never snoozes on the job! =)

  10. Gretchen on September 29, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Hang in there with the cancer projects. Probably are healing, but energy draining, I imagine. You’re so right about our good, gooder, goodest God. He never sleeps so that we can.great verse, btw.

  11. Cheryl Wray on September 30, 2008 at 10:56 am

    What an AWESOME idea for a sermon series. I would love to hear those!!!!Nope, 8 am is a little early for me!! We have Sunday School at 9 and service at 10. That’s already early enough!

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